Arsenal make move to keep Bukayo Saka with player ‘very interested’ in Liverpool transfer

Mikel Arteta on Bukayo Saka

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Arsenal have held talks with Bukayo Saka and his representatives about a new contract at the Emirates, according to reports. Saka’s current Arsenal deal expires at the end of the 2023/24 season. And the Gunners are keen to tie down the England star’s future amid reported interest from Liverpool.

Saka has scored five goals and registered four assists in 19 Premier League appearances so far this season.

He has been instrumental in the Gunners’ turnaround under Mikel Arteta.

After losing their first three league matches of the season, Arsenal are fourth heading into 2022.

Arteta’s youngsters have outshone their more experienced players, with Saka spearheading a crop of exciting academy graduates.

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And, according to Ian McGarry of the Transfer Window podcast, Arsenal are working to extend the contract of the 20-year-old.

“My understanding is that there have been talks with his representatives with regards to giving him a contract upgrade at Arsenal,” McGarry said.

“They realise that they have a talent on their hands, who could potentially be worth a lot more money in the future.

“But not only that, from a sporting point of view, someone who is establishing himself as a starter in the Arsenal team, which has improved quite considerably really in the last two or three months under Mikel Arteta.

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“Saka has been part of that process that has been determinate with regards to taking the pressure off Arteta, who some Arsenal fans were calling to be sacked not that long ago.

“He’s obviously an exciting talent in terms of the way he plays, the goals he scores and an England international, which brings with it a prestige and status which adds to his value with regards to what his next move, or indeed if he stays at Arsenal.”

Arsenal’s determination to pen Saka down to a new deal comes amid interest from Liverpool in the player.

McGarry says there is also interest from Saka’s side in a move to Anfield.

“We have reported on The Transfer Window Podcast that Liverpool are looking to the future with regards to the fact that they expect to sell at least two of their attacking players,” he said.

“Saka is someone who is a player who suits Liverpool’s style.

“Liverpool would provide the opportunity and platform for him to play and compete at the highest level. And that would certainly be something that I’m told he and his representatives are very interested in.”

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